How to Clean an Oven (Priceless!!)

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Do you know how to clean an oven?
For example, did you know that sodium hydroxide is a no no for stainless steel?
I didn't learn this until last Sunday, and good thing!!
Always follow the cleaning directions in your oven's owner's manual and TEST any cleaning products.
Two cleaning mixtures will help you remove grease: baking soda/water and Dawn dishwashing liquid.
Mix baking soda and water to an Elmer's glue consistency. Allow this mix to rest on any grease stains for 10-15 minutes then wipe off with a sponge.
Got greasy oven windows? Apply Dawn dishwashing liquid to the glass, allow to sit for 15 minutes, then scrape off the grease with a razor.
Yes, a razor won't harm the window and will remove the grease. Believe it or not my owner's manual said to do this and it worked great.
For more tips on how to clean burners and the stove top check out my video
Do you know how to clean an oven?
Test your cleaning mixtures before using them!
Baking soda and water removes oven grease.
Dawn dishwashing liquid removes glass grease.
Remove good debris from the oven before self-cleaning.

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  • Renae Renae on Sep 23, 2016
    Any idea how to clean what appears to be spider webs within the glass door??
  • Luna Luna on Oct 17, 2019

    Where did you get the idea that sodium hydroxide is a no no with stainless steel? Real stainless steel is one of the very few counpounds that aren't affected by lye (NaOH) and is commonly used to mix and store the lye crystals with water, for making cold process soaps for exemple.


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  • Teri Reynolds Teri Reynolds on Mar 24, 2015
    I am looking for a way to clean old used cookies sheets
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Mar 25, 2015
    I scrub mine with lemon . Then sprinkle with baking soda and let sit for 20 min . Then add a small amount amount of vinegar and scrub again . Rinse clean with hot water . They do get to point when they don't come clean anymore . Then I paint and use one for a message board , and magnets or chalk paint and use chalk for message Center .